Oil-rich Oklahoma plagued by growing number of temblors tied to industry
The Columbus Dispatch
GUTHRIE, Okla. — The earthquakes come nearly every day now, cracking drywall, popping floor tiles and rattling kitchen cabinets.
On Monday, three quakes hit this historic land-rush town in 24 hours, booming and rumbling like the end of the world.
“After a while, you can’t even tell what’s a pre-shock or an aftershock. The ground just keeps moving,” said Jason Murphey, 37, a Web developer who represents Guthrie in the state legislature.
“People are so frustrated and scared. They want to know the state is doing something."
What to do about the plague of earthquakes is, however, very much an open question in Oklahoma.
Last year, 567 quakes of at least magnitude 3.0 rocked a swath of counties from the state capital to the Kansas line, alarming a populace long accustomed to fewer than t
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